A couple months ago I was at Barnes & Nobles looking for a good, or at least decent, book to read. Anyone who has read hundreds of books (especially when they’ve done it literally) knows, although a bit ironic, how it can be difficult to find a book you haven’t read…even though the store itself has hundreds of books.
So, as I’m looking through the shelves an absolutely beautiful book catches my eye. Seriously, I saw it from a shelf away. Not only is the sleeve beautiful, but the cover itself is so beautiful. It also has different textures, which was an added bonus. It’s cover deserves a ten out of ten star rating.
When I read the synopsis of All The Bright Place by Jennifer Niven, I have to admit I was a touch hesitant about actually getting the book itself. Not because it didn’t seem interesting, but because I wasn’t sure if it would just end up being a very cliché love story about a boy and a girl who fell in love then all problems in their world were cured. It seems as though some authors (even though sometimes unintentional) end up basically sugar-coating mental illness. Making it seem as though all you need is to meet the love of your life then you’ll never feel that way (depending on what it is that you are feeling) again and things will be perfect; and or your mental illness will never affect you again.
I am one hundred percent glad that I went through with buying it, because it definitely was a great read.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—six stories above the ground—it’s unclear who saves whom. And when the unlikely pair teams up on a class project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, they go, as Finch says, where the road takes them: the grand, the small, the bizarre, the beautiful, the ugly, the surprising—just like life.
Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a bold, funny, live-out-loud guy, who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet forgets to count away the days and starts living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
This is a heart-wrenching, unflinching story of love shared, life lived, and two teens who find one another while standing on the edge.
Without saying too much, so I don’t spoil it, this book definitely pulled at your heartstrings- in both happy and sad ways. Not only was it well written and read smoothly, but it also has a solid plot. I also really enjoyed how almost raw the story was when it came to exposing Finch’s emotions.
She definitely did her best while writing this book.
Not only did she very accurately represent a mental health illness, but she had a very honest, smooth, solid plotted novel.
For this book, all in all, I would rate this book a ten out of ten. The only thing I would want differently maybe, would be for the book to maybe be a little longer, as well as have some of the events have more detail. But, to be fair, I think that we would all want an amazing book to last forever, because you truly hang onto every word.
As Finch would say-
Make It Lovely,
-The Girl In The Red Lipstick-